A man after midnight? Um, no thanks. But there are lots of things I want that I can’t put on my Amazon wishlist. And with so many of us bloggers posting wishlists these days, wouldn’t it be nice if we could include non-Amazon items? And organize them with tags? And keep multiple lists? And publish them through RSS?
Yeah, that would be sweet. That’s where MetaWishlist comes in. It’s a new service that lets you create wishlists with items from any site on the Web. For sites like Amazon that publish their product info and prices in a way that computers can easily understand, MetaWishlist fetches it all for you automatically. For less computer-friendly sites, forms on the “add an item” page make this quick and easy to do manually. For instance, in just a few minutes I was able to add the following items from very differently structured websites: a t-shirt from Bureaucrash, coffee from Counter Culture, wine from Best Cellars, and pickles from Toledo’s famous Tony Packo’s Cafe.
To direct people to your list, just post a link like this:
Or to narrow it down by tags, say “book”, like this:
Or to subscribe to an RSS feed, like this:
The site also has two very helpful features to make adding items easier. One is that it will quickly import your existing Amazon wishlist. The other is a bookmarklet that you can save to your bookmarks and access anytime you come across an item you’d like to add.
If you have any reason to keep and/or publish an online wishlist, Metawishlist is great and makes the transition from Amazon very easy. Check it out.